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HSGM1001 An Introduction to Professional Practice (BSc)

Module Overview

At the heart of this interprofessional module is the belief that all health care students should not only share the same core values and skills that underpin their professional practice, but they should also have learning opportunities that enable them to learn with, and about, each other. This module is intended to provide a foundation on which the different programmes leading to professional registration can be built. The module seeks to contextualise health and social care by exploring its' origins, philosophy and priorities - including the promotion of good health as well as the management of ill-health. Health and social care has had a continued focus on client-centred practice for some years but, nonetheless, has experienced concerns about the extent to which service users may not always have been treated with dignity and respect. Therefore the module also seeks to explore ethical dimensions of care-giving to reinforce and instil respectful, reflective, professional practice - including the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. Finally, the module will provide a set of skills to prepare students for their first exposure to practice placement.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of health & social care policy in achieving excellence in care and the contributing role of digital technology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the means by which people may be influenced through positive relationships team behaviours and organisational cultures.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the power issues in professional/ services user relationships.
  • Demonstrate respect for and the value of individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture
  • Demonstrate awareness of health equity and how social, political, economic and ecological factors impact on global public health


Module content will include at an introductory level (although this is not an exhaustive list): - Structure, governance and management of health & social care services, including the NHS constitution - Quality assurance including clinical governance and professional regulatory arrangements - Wider influences on, and issues for, health & social care services - Imperatives for health and health prevention - Patient involvement in design of service and evaluating their effectiveness including 'Essence of Care' - Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills and the need for active, empathic listening and advocacy - Effective documentation skills and professional standards for record keeping - Team-working and peer support - Ethical and legal requirements for professional practice including consent, professional codes, and data protection - Risk Assessment skills - Embryonic employment skills - Self-management and emotional health - Reflective practice - Academic study skills and the need for continuous, life-long learning - Introduction to Safeguarding (Safeguarding Children and Young People; Adult safeguarding) Skills: - Moving and Handling - Infection Prevention and Control - Basic Life Support

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars Guided reading Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support)

Preparation for scheduled sessions98.5
Completion of assessment task40
Practical classes and workshops7
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Murray E & Simpson J. (2000). Professional Development and Management for Therapists: An Introduction. 

Martin, V. and Henderson, E. (2001). Managing in Health & Social Care. 

Carvalho S (2017). Fundamental aspects of legal, ethical and professional issues in nursing. 

Traynor M (2017). Critical Resilience for Nurses: An evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS. 

Lugon, M. and Secker-Walker, J. (1999). Clinical Governance: Making it Happen. 

Dimond B (1999). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. 

NMC/HCPC/RCCP/Professional Bodies Codes of professional conduct .. 

Topol E (2015). The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands. 

Dimond B (1999). Legal Aspects of Occupational Therapy. 

Bolton G (2010). Reflective Practice. 

Montgomery, J. (2012). Health Care Law. 

Dimond B. (2006). Legal Aspects of Midwifery. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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